Co-defendant in meth distribution case gets time in federal prison


The second of two men charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a 2015 federal indictment was sentenced to time in prison Tuesday.

Narcizo Hernandez Valdovinos received five years and four months at a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Valdovinos appeared with Texarkana lawyer Jason Horton and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Locker represented the government.

Valdovinos pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute meth and to possession of a prohibited firearm. He received 64-month sentences for each offense which Schroeder ordered would run concurrently.

Valdovinos’ co-defendant, Gabriel Gonzalez, Jr., pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams meth and received a seven-year sentence at a hearing in January at a hearing before Schroeder. Gonzalez was represented by Texarkana lawyer Jeff Harrelson.

According to documents on file in both cases, the men sold large quantities of methamphetamine in 2014 and 2015. Some of the transactions took place at the Lowe’s Hardware store in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. When federal agents searched Valdovinos’ home during March 2015 in Mt. Pleasant they found guns, digital scales, and a cutting agent used to increase the volume of the drugs he was selling. The men were selling the drug for about $1,200 an ounce.

There is no parole from a federal prison sentence.

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